No matter how much stress may be in cajoaling two rambunctious preschoolers out of the door and away from precious Legos and diggers, the end result, when we’re at the destination is always – well, mostly – worth the effort. When asked to give wisdom on happiness, the inspirational Maya Angelou said, “Be present in all things and thankful for all things”; words I try hard to remember, and at the moment am trying even more to act on. The five minutes we “loose” as they bounce round under the duvet when they’re supposed to be dressing? At the end of the day when they’re tucked up safe and sound in bed, it’s the giggles during those minutes I recall. Be present, in everything, and thankful for that second in time – especially the ones remaking the beds!
I miss G terribly and somedays really have to fight the urge to snuggle up in bed with the boys and hide in a bubble until we’re all back together again. But that, aside from being highly likely claustrophobic (and smelly..they’re 3 & 4 year old boys!) that would be the very antithesis of what we’re here, so this weekend the dudes and I took full advantage of what this little island had to offer in the now. Train rides and castles, tall ships, giant lollipops, sheep shearing, tractor rides…The boys had so much fun! And I made sure to be present in the moments and push to one side wistful thinkings, thankful G so fully shares in our lives from afar.
Attitude, not circumstances defines what your present will be. Theirs is going to be a happy one. Inshallah.